It’s time for the final interview, friends! And it’s one I’m really excited about, because Alan and I have been stalking each other since our blogs first went live around the same time! I read his debut novel, The Siblings, last year and am chuffed that he’s here today to talk about it. If you haven’t read it already, you should add it to your tbr lists now!
Alan Morgan, better known as Al Nobody on Twitter, is a self-published author of The Siblings, avid reader, occasional blogger, who eats way too much sweet goods and watches too many television shows.
He enjoys a good horror film, a gripping novel and loves reading non fiction in his spare time along with varied genres of fiction.
Hi Al, and welcome to Cookie Break! Congratulations on publishing your debut novel, The Siblings. That’s a huge achievement!
Thank you very much for having me as a guest and thank you.
Could you tell us a little about your book? No spoilers, please! 😉
Well, it starts off with siblings, Jest and Fer, a brother and his heavily pregnant sister, sat upon a hill watching fire rain down from the sky as they embrace the end of the world. However, their fate is changed when Fer is kidnapped by an unknown group and Jest is left for dead. Jest is soon saved by a separate faction and brought back from the brink of death. The rest of the story is about the fight to be together as a family once more and to bring down the enemy.
Would you mind sharing an excerpt with us, or a favourite quote?
Here is a short quote. “You have the gifts of the sky. People fear them, believe they are evil. I guess anything that causes death is somewhat evil.”
Do you remember what sparked the idea for The Siblings?
Yes. On my blog I offered readers the chance to send me a writing prompt for a short story. The brilliant and talented author KJ Chapman offered me the opening lines and what started out as a short story soon blossomed into a novel. I never looked back.
What are you working on right now?
I have been hoping to work on the Siblings sequel but it has currently stalled. I am sure it will return soon but in the meantime I am working on a horror like freak show of a story with creatures and beasts taking over a complex. I also have a gothic tale in mind by that idea is still brewing.
What draws you to the genre you write in? Have you always been drawn to it?
I have always loved sci fi and fantasy, from epic novels to short stories. I enjoy creating new worlds and scenarios instead of relying on what we already have in front of us. Since I was young I have suffered from nightmares and these seem to seep into my stories.
Who/what is your writing inspiration?
My inspiration is telling the tale that I would love to read myself.
What do you do if inspiration just won’t come?
If inspiration does not come, I go for a walk, or a drive, listen to some music, watch tele and spend time with my better half and pets and not to rush it. I know it will be back.
Which part of the writing process is your favourite, and which part do you dread?
I love the construction of the story and writing the very first chapter. This is the first thing the reader will be enticed by and it’s also the first thing that keeps me engaged. I have always been interested when reading books or watching films on why did they choose certain aspects for the story. I wonder if anyone would think that about my writing.
I have always dreaded the revising and editing. But I know it needs to happen so second time around I will be more prepared, like formatting in advance.
What is your number one distraction?
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Pantser but sometimes I need to make notes if a key thing is to happen later on.
Tea or coffee?
Tea for sure. But I do love coffee. I experiment a lot more with coffee than I do with tea.
What are the most important three things you’ve learned about writing, editing or publishing (or all of the above!) since you started your journey?
Don’t push your writing, let it flow naturally. Always format at the start and have the odd beta reader. And don’t rush the publishing. There is no need to send just anything out into the world. It is a baby of sorts and you need to nurture it before letting it fly.
What’s your favourite quote on writing?
“Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a lot of people trying so hard to be one person.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Where else can we connect with you?
I am on Twitter
I am on WordPress
May soon be on Instagram. Watch this space.
Thank you, Al, for stopping by! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on my Instagram – we can never have too many people on the dark side 😉 While we wait, hop on over to Goodreads and show The Siblings some love – it’s a book I strongly recommend if you like urban/dystopian fantasies!
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